Our Results

Our Results

Making cocoa farming sustainable

We know from our experience in earlier projects that the key to achieving sustainable and lasting results is to cooperate closely with the farmers and train them respectfully, taking into account their educational starting point and natural scepticism towards new methods.

We know from our 10 years of experience that it requires initiatives on a broad range of areas to make cocoa farming sustainable -both financially, socially and environmentally.

Key elements in our latest Danida Business Partnership Programme was:

  • training og the farmers in productive and environmentally friendly farming methods
  • education on business planning and financial management
  • creating demonstration farms for training purposes
  • providing individual guidance and support to the farmers adjusting their farming methods

With better access to high quality planting material as well as safe loans and savings options, this have resulted in improved productivity and living conditions.

Protection and education of the children

At the start of the project, the lack of trained teachers and the lack of good school facilities were identified as the main obstacles. During the project period, 180 teachers including 30 headmasters have been trained in learn-centred pedagogy. Furthermore, the School Managements have been strengthened. 30 schools have benefitted from a number of improvements such as renovation of classrooms, playground equipment, re-roofing of classroom buildings and supply of furniture and computer accessories to create a better learning environment.

Some of the results:

  • In 2012/13 the school attendance rate was below 50%. By 2015/16 the school attendance has reached 80% in the project-schools
  • The drop-out rate was already in 2016 four times lower than in 2012.
  • Both boys and girls are learning a lot more in schools now, which is crucial to their prospects and potential for creating a good future for themselves and their families.

Evaluation Report

We strive to ensure a credible and valuable evaluation and learning base from the projects to be used in the next projects ensuring a constant adaption to changing needs and increased knowledge in the Ghanaian farming communities.

The independent audit organization Agri Logic conducted an thorough evaluation report of this project. An executive summary of this is for download here.

What about the other parts of Toms' corporate responsibility?

On this page we have described how we work to live up to our responsibilities at one point along our value chain. Read here about our overall approach to our corporate responsibility and how we work for responsibility in other areas of our business as well.

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